How a ‘more inclusive Australia’ can increase productivity and harmony

Tracy Westerman
Tracy Westerman

AN inspiring discussion on social inclusion to be led by 2018 WA Australian of the Year Tracy Westerman will be streamed live online after all tickets to the symposium at UWA were snapped up in advance.

The July 10 breakfast event, entitled Social Inclusion’s Role on Community Wellbeing and organised by Auspire – Australian Day Council WA, will explore how a more inclusive Australia would increase productivity and harmony.

It follows a Deakin University research project that found exclusion and discrimination had cost the Australian economy $450 billion from 2001-2011.

Thought leaders including Dr Westerman will talk about the effect social exclusion has on societal wellbeing and how all people can contribute to an inclusive Australia.

Dr Westerman received her honour for her work developing psychological tests that identify Aboriginal people at early stages of mental health and suicide risk.

She has trained more than 22,000 clinicians in culturally appropriate psychological approaches.

Shalom House founder Peter Lyndon-James, relationships and inclusion consultant Katie Curo, UWA inclusion and diversity strategist Fadzi Whande and UWA Centre for Social Impact senior research fellow Lisa Wood will join Dr Westerman on the panel.

The free event will be streamed live on Auspire – Australia Day Council WA’s Facebook page on Tuesday, July 10 from 7.30am.